White House: Okay, for real this time, Obama’s budget is coming April 10th

posted at 6:01 pm on March 28, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And only two months late, plus conveniently after the Senate Democrats and House Republicans both released their own budgets.

President Obama will release his fiscal 2014 budget on April 10, more than two months after it was due, White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday.

Republicans have lampooned Obama for failing to turn in his budget on time this year. The White House has said it has been delayed because of the great uncertainty about federal finances this year – including the “fiscal cliff” debate at the start of the year and the lack of clarity surrounding the deep spending cuts known as sequestration that took effect March 1.

Yes, I’m sure any number of presidents could have found similar “but we had to do this crucial thing first”-type excuses — we are talking about the president of the United States of America, after all, and they certainly have no shortage of important things to do — but barring first-timers still installing their administrations, almost every other president has managed to get their budget in on time or early each year since at least Coolidge (President Obama holds the record for both the longest delay and the most delays).

The president’s budget is supposed to be the first out of the gate as a starting point for Congress to work off of — but fortunately, Congress has already started duking it out over the particulars without him. Calling this anything other than a scrubbed leadership opportunity just isn’t quite honest. Although, to be fair, I can’t say I’m really holding out hope that his actual budget is going to represent any kind of real attempt at leadership either, so, wash.


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“Leading from behind again.”

chemman on March 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Didn’t the Senate already pass a budget (50 – 49)?

At this point, what does it matter?

Mitoch55 on March 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

. . . . . . . and there was much rejoicing; … hooray.

listens2glenn on March 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

But, thank goodness, he got his bracket in on time…

ladyingray on March 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

President Obama will release his fiscal 2014 budget on April 10, more than two months after it was due, White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday.

Be fair to Dear Liar. Those rounds of golf aren’t going to play themselves you know.

rbj on March 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Eh, every budget he has put out have always been unappealing, unrealistic, uninspiring, unchallenging, tone deaf, ill thought out or strategized, and from a “let’s not even try to fix anything” standpoint.

All thoroughly unserious “attempts”, if that word can even apply.

That’s why they’ve never worked as the “blueprints” they’re supposed to be, because everyone involved understood its not a good design.

I honestly don’t think the White House has ever taken them seriously and always planned their real budgets through other means.

Genuine on March 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

What’s the rush?

HotAirian on March 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

t has been delayed because of the great uncertainty about federal finances this year

We are to honestly believe that the spending levels the WH will submit take into consideration “federal finances?” And they still overshoot by a trillion every year?

notropis on March 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM

He’s good so far……….. Indiana is in the Sweet 16. Oh,..is there something else he’s supposed to be doing?

a capella on March 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Well since the media gave no pushback at all on the dem budget that never balances this ought to be a doozy. My hunch is it mimics the dem budget, about twelve dem senators won’t vote for it and the rest will. Going to be interesting on the house side when Boehner puts it up.

Of course if the house goes first then Reid doesn’t have to bring it up.

DanMan on March 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Didn’t the Senate already pass a budget (50 – 49)?

At this point, what does it matter?

Mitoch55 on March 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The House passed their budget long ago, obviously, and presumably a conference committee has been or shortly will be appointed by both houses. So you gotta be right: it matters not.

I suppose the Democrats on the Senate side might have some minor interest in what the WH thinks about the budget, mostly because of the upcoming midterms, but since the Senate voted down the 2012 Obama budget last spring (99-0!) you have to figure the 2013 version can’t have anything more than minor interest for even them.

MTF on March 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

April 1 more appropriate.

Wander on March 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The president’s budget is supposed to be the first out of the gate as a starting point for Congress to work off of

Not when that president prefers to “lead from behind”.

Let’s face it, The Chosen One likes the perks, not the responsibilities.

GarandFan on March 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM

You have to have priorities. It takes a lot of manpower for the federal government to get Obama’s NCAA brackets done on time, and unlike the budget that just won’t wait.

malclave on March 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Sooo, Hopey finally is getting off his

Fat Socialist *ss!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 28, 2013 at 7:17 PM

April 1 more appropriate.
Wander on March 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

True, but that would have been too transparent for this administration.

Marcola on March 28, 2013 at 7:51 PM

President Obama will release his fiscal 2014 budget on April 10

Of course. Final Four on Apr 6, National Championship Apr 8.

Obama’s (budget) Bracket will be complete on Apr 10.

hit and run on March 28, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Zero has been very, very busy; what with campaignin’ and golfin’ and whatnot. Besides, doing nothing is the most tiring job in the world because you can’t stop to take a rest, you know.

ghostwalker1 on March 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

DMFD………enough is enough.

dmann on March 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

The White House has said it has been delayed because of the great uncertainty about federal finances this year

And why do you suppose that is – is it possible that not passing a budget or even a budget resolution for four years has something to do with this financial uncertainty? You are uncertain, and yet you wonder why companies aren’t hiring or investing their cash? Did you hear what you just said?

ss396 on March 29, 2013 at 1:33 AM

The advantage for the president by doing it this way is that his budget will most likely never be brought up for a vote. The House and Senate will have already gone beyond the preliminary votes, they may even be voting on a conference report; so the president’s budget will not be voted on and will not be defeated unanimously like his previous ones.

J Baustian on March 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM